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Old 05-19-2020, 06:56 PM   #1
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Wolfpup 16BHS - Rear Cargo Carrier

We are getting ready for our first trip in our new camper. I do have a question regarding the spare tire on the rear cargo carrier. I intend on lowering the carrier and was wondering if the spare tire should be removed? See the attached pictures and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:36 PM   #2
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Looks like the spare may be close to the road when the carrier is down,How does it look when down?
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:37 AM   #3
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The dealer told me that the spare does not need to be removed when trailering with the carrier down. That being said.....I have never tried it.
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:56 AM   #4
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Looks like the spare may be close to the road when the carrier is down,How does it look when down?


When I put it down it looks like the tire is flush with the bumper. Iíll try to take a picture this time and will post.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:03 AM   #5
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I have a 2018 Grey Wolf 26DBH. I normally place mine down while traveling and attach a small ladder to it. I never removed the spare and never had a problem.
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:30 AM   #6
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Just be very careful when going in or out of driveways. We have all seen rear bumpers drag on the steep ones. We have a state park near us where the entrance has grooves in the pavement from people entering from the wrong direction. They have a sign that says go down the road, turn around and enter from the other direction.
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Old 05-20-2020, 01:48 PM   #7
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My dealer said the same.
The spare eats up over 1/3 of the rack weight capacity.
My spare would drag IF I used my rack going out my driveway. Likely still after gaining 5" with an axle flip. Since the inexpensive welded on spare bracket sticks down ~5" or so, simply removing the spare only gains you 5", maybe. If I were to use my rack with my driveway, I would put the spare elsewhere and cut off that bracket.
For a while, I seriously considered just taking off the rack and mounting a spare tire carrier. It would be about a dollar per pound savings for about 30# difference.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:24 PM   #8
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Drop the rack, and mount the spare on top.
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:57 AM   #9
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So I measured it and itís about 7Ē above the ground. as you can see it hangs a bit lower than the back bumper. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-22-2020, 01:13 PM   #10
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I'm still paranoid with just 7" clearance. That's an extended lever from the fulcrum of the single axles that could drag on entries on and off the highway. I'm cutting mine off if/when I decide to use that rack.
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:19 PM   #11
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Finally but my money, err, grinder where my mouth is.
Cut off the spare tire bracket from the factory rear rack. Rear rack load capacity is 200#, spare is 40#. I had an old trailer frame U spare tire mount for many years that I never used. I can mount the tire to the rack in the factory position and remove the tire and mount for rack use saving clearance and rack capacity. I can throw it in the truck bed but considering under the TT front bed.
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Tried the giant U bolt trailer spare mount though the rack around the center reinforcing channel. Tightening the bolts/tire snugly presses the metal edge hard into the Tire in two spots, excessively to me for a Castle Rock. So it’s bagged and under the front bed. A little more tongue weight won’t hurt
An earlier reply to another suggested putting it on top the rack when the rack was lowered. That tire takes up a lot of space doing that.
Remeasuring, the tire is 8” wide, factory bracket protrudes 5”.
With that & my axle flip 5” gain, I have NO concerns using the rack with my driveway or on crappy access roads.
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Old 10-02-2020, 09:53 AM   #13
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I used my rack with the tire still on. With all that weight hanging out in space I could feel a difference in how the trailer " felt" when towing it. Even with sway control I could feel it swaying slightly. I tried moving the load around inside the trailer but it didn't help much. So now, if I'm using the rack I take the tire off. Pain in the neck and maybe paranoia on my part.. but I prefer as smooth a ride as I can get.
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We are getting ready for our first trip in our new camper. I do have a question regarding the spare tire on the rear cargo carrier. I intend on lowering the carrier and was wondering if the spare tire should be removed? See the attached pictures and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Dealer never mentioned it and we ripped off the tire cover boarding a ferry on a low tide.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:07 AM   #15
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So Dumouc56,
How’d the camping go?
And did you use the rack down with tire attached?
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Oh yeah, just picked up the shredded tire cover got to our campsite and put the spare tire (which wasnít damaged thankfully) in the truck for the return trip. After that experience we got one of those under belly spare tire holders. We only use the rack for our bicycles.
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